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COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities are nearly 24 054. More than 540 000 people have been infected.

USA – The United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with close to 86,000 infections, surpassing both China and Italy.

Italy – The death toll in Italy rose to 8 215, with 80 589 infections.

New York – New York state health officials reported more than 8 000 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 39 000 confirmed cases. New York City is now reporting more than 23 000 cases. New York City has also reported nearly 430 fatalities.

Germany – Germany recorded 4,191 new cases of the coronavirus and 36 more deaths, raising the total number of infections to more than 37 000.

South Korea – South Korea has reported 91 new coronavirus cases on Friday. The total number of cases in the country has now reached 9,332.

Spain – Spain recorded 769 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country due to the coronavirus to 4,858. The health ministry said the number of confirmed cases now stands at 64,059.

France – The death toll in the country from the pandemic rose to 1,696 yesterday. There have been 29 144 cases confirmed in the country, a rise of about 13 percent in 24 hours. Data showed 42,000 people had been registered by their GP as having the coronavirus over the last week alone, again revealing that testing in France has only revealed a minority of cases.

Iran – Iran announced 144 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the official number of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the world’s worst-hit countries. Overall confirmed cases are 32,332.

Russia – Russia reported 196 new cases of coronavirus, a daily record, taking its official total for those infected with the disease to 1,036.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new cases have been reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020.

Disease

COVID-19

Globally, the death toll from the virus has risen to almost 10,000 with more than 232,000 cases in 158 countries and territories.

The number of infections in Italy has also risen to more than 41,000, while cases in Germany, Iran and Spain rose to more than 15,000 each. Cases in the US also surged past 13,000, while the number of deaths hit 200, forcing the state of California to order a state-wide lockdown.

Germany – Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said the number of cases of COVID-19 rose by 2,958 overnight to 13,957. The number of fatalities rose by 11 to a total of 31 so far.

Spain – Spain’s Ministry of Health continue to report large numbers of COVID-19 cases. The latest numbers put the country at nearly 18,000 total cases and more than 800 fatalities.

Iran – As of Thursday, the official number of infections in Iran has reached more than 18,000 with 1,284 deaths.

South Jorea – South Korea has reported 87 new cases of the novel coronavirus and three more deaths, bringing its totals to 8,652 cases and 94 deaths.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigerian CDC reported an additional 51 confirmed Lassa fever cases during the week ending March 15, bringing the total for the first 11 weeks of 2020 to 906.

Ebola – DR Congo

There have been no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020. However, because there is still a risk of re-emergence of EVD, it is critical to maintain surveillance and response operations until and after the end of outbreak declaration.

Coronavirus – Natural Pathogen

A new study finds that the coronavirus responsible for the current worldwide health crisis is a product of natural evolution and was not created in a lab as some rumors have claimed.

The evidence for natural evolution came from comparing the genome sequences of previously known coronavirus strains with that causing COVID-19.

If a new coronavirus had been engineered as a pathogen, it would have been constructed from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness, according to lead researcher Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research.

But writing in the journal Nature Medicine, Andersen and his team say they instead found that the backbone of the virus responsible for COVID-19 differs substantially from previously known coronaviruses, and mostly resembles viruses already found in bats and pangolins.

Coronaviruses can cause illnesses ranging widely in severity. The first known severe illness caused by a coronavirus emerged during the 2003 SARS epidemic in China. A second outbreak of severe illness began during 2012 in Saudi Arabia with a disease known as MERS.

Disease

COVID-19

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The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 5,000 on Saturday with the total number of cases rising to more than 140,000, according to the WHO. About 68,000 victims have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the virus. What is of concern is that recovered victims may have 20 – 30 per cent less lung capacity than before.

The virus has also spread to several countries on the African continent, with Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, Mauritania and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) all confirming their first cases on Friday and Saturday.

USA – President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, opening the door to providing what he said was about $50bn in federal aid to fight the disease.

Spain – The Spain Ministry of Health has seen COVID-19 deaths more than double since Wednesday. Health officials report 122 deaths Friday, up from 54 on Wednesday. More than 80 deaths have been reported in Madrid alone. To date, the total case count has risen to 4,231.

Italy – Italy reported reported an additional 2,547 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This brings Italy’s outbreak total to 17,660. The death toll in the country is now 1,266, up from 1,016 deaths yesterday.

Iran – The coronavirus has killed another 97 people in Iran, pushing the death toll to 611 amid 12,792 cases, Iranian state TV said.

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Ebola – DR Congo

It has been over 21 days since the last confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been reported (Figure 1). On 9 March, the last 46 contacts finished their follow-up. These are important milestones in the outbreak as over one maximum incubation period has passed without any confirmed cases of EVD. However, there is still a high risk of re-emergence of EVD, and a critical need to maintain response operations – as outlined in the WHO recommended criteria for declaring the end of the EVD outbreak.

Disease

COVID-19

More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.

At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday added that 124 people have died.

China – China reported 143 new cases Friday with 30 deaths.

South Korea – South Korean health authorities reported 518 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing to 6,284 the total number of infections nationwide, according to Yonhap news agency. 42 people, mostly elderly with underlying illnesses, have died.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 85 additional confirmed Lassa fever cases during the past week, bringing the total for 2020 to date to 775. Eleven additional deaths were reported among confirmed cases. The death toll from Lassa fever over the first nine weeks of the year now stands at 132.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported since 17 February, and on 3 March, the only person confirmed to have EVD in the last 21 days (Figure 1) was discharged from an Ebola Treatment Centre after recovering and testing negative twice for the virus. This is an important milestone in the outbreak.

Disease

COVID-19

Hopes that the coronavirus would be contained to China have vanished as the first case in sub-Saharan Africa was announced in Nigeria and stock markets took a pounding amid fears of a global recession.

China – The National Health Commission reported on Friday at least 44 new coronavirus deaths, bringing to 2,788 the number of fatalities nationwide. Coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected about 83,000 worldwide.

South Korea – South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 2,022, the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention said..

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the annual hajj. The kingdom, which hosts millions of pilgrims every year in the cities of Mecca and Medina, also suspended visas for tourists from countries with reported infections as fears of a pandemic deepen.

AI Discovers New Antibiotic

Scientists at MIT say they have found one of the most powerful antibiotics ever discovered by using machine learning for the first time in such a quest.

The researchers say the new drug is able to wipe out a range of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in a different way than existing treatments.

Found thanks to artificial intelligence and named after the HAL 9000 computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the antibiotic compound halicin works by altering a bacteria’s electrochemical characteristics.

While tested successfully in mice, there is no word on when human trials of halicin will begin.

Ebola – DR Congo

From 19 to 25 February, no new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported. This was the first time since the beginning of the response that no new confirmed cases were reported over a seven-day period.

Disease

COVID-19

China – Mainland China had 118 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak by the end of Thursday, the national health commission reported on Friday, pushing the number of deaths nationwide to at least 2,236. Beijing also reported 1,109 new confirmed cases of the disease during the same period, sharply up from 349 cases the previous day, reversing three days of decline.

Canada – Officials in British Columbia reported on the sixth COVID-19 case in the province this week, the ninth in Canada.

Iran – Iranian health officials have reported three additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to five.

Ebola – DR Congo

During the past week, the incidence of new Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases has remained low. From 12 to 18 February, one new confirmed case was reported.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus

Vietnam – Villages in Vietnam with 10,000 people close to the nation’s capital were placed under quarantine on Thursday after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said. The locking down of the commune of Son Loi, about 40 kilometres from Hanoi, is the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged from a central Chinese city late last year.

Japan – Japan has announced its first death from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, taking the global total to 1,710.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigerian National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported that the death toll from an outbreak of Lassa fever has risen to 70, and 472 confirmed cases have also shot up.

Ebola – DR Congo

This week, the case incidence continued to be low in the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). From 5 to 11 February, three new confirmed cases were reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province.

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Ebola – DR Congo

From 29 January to 4 February four new confirmed cases were reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Novel Coronavirus – China

Nationwide, more than 70 new deaths and 3,100 new cases emerged in the previous 24 hours, the national health authorities said Friday morning.

The new figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 636. And the total number of confirmed cases rose to 31,161. There are also more than 200 cases of infection outside China.

Wild poliovirus type 1

Eight additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported last week–five for 2019 and three for 2020–in Pakistan. This brings the number of cases in 2020 to 7 and 144 for 2019 in Pakistan.

Eight cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week: four from Bié province, one each from Malanje and Cuanza Norte provinces and two from Luanda. There were 111 cVDPV2 cases from seven outbreaks reported in 2019.

Five cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week in DRC: one each from Kwilu, Kongo Central and Kinshasa provinces and two from Sankuru, bringing the total number of 2019 cases to 82. The case in Kinshasa, a city of nearly 12 million people, is the first in the city.

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Ebola – DR Congo

From 22 to 28 January five new confirmed cases were reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Novel Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that the novel coronavirus outbreak has become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

China – As the official death toll tops 200, additional cases have been reported in England, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Japan and Grand while the USA has reported the first case of human to human transmission.

Nipah Virus – Bangladesh

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Bangladesh has reported six Nipah virus infections, including four deaths in 2020.

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Lassa fever case count and death toll continues to rise in Nigeria this January. The Nigerian CDC reported an additional 81 confirmed Lassa cases during the week ending Jan. 19, bringing the case tally for 2020 to 163 to date. In addition, 10 more deaths were reported that week.

Novel Coronavirus

Vietnam – Health officials in Vietnam are reporting (computer translated) two positive 2019-NoCv cases.

Singapore – The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today the confirmation of a imported case of novel coronavirus infection in the city-state.

Ebola – DR Congo

Nine new confirmed cases were reported from 15 to 21 January in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Ebola – DR Congo

Fourteen new confirmed cases were reported from 8 to 14 January in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Ebola – DR Congo

Twelve new confirmed cases were reported from 1 to 7 January in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces.

Dengue Fever

Bangladesh – The number of dengue fever cases in Bangladesh dropped to 1247 in December 2019 in a year that saw more cases reported in the country than was seen since the first cases in 2000. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) closed out the record year with 101,354 cases and 164 deaths.

Vietnam – According to data from the General Department of Preventive Medicine with the Ministry of Health in VietNam, the number of dengue fever cases reported in 2019 was a significant increase compared to 2018. Since Jan. 1 through Dec. 14, 2019, there have been a total of 320,702 cases with 54 deaths reported.

Measles – Gaza Strip

From 1 January through 19 December 2019, a total of 124 laboratory confirmed cases of measles, including two deaths, were reported in the Gaza Strip (case fatality ratio=1.6%).

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Ebola – DR Congo

Since the last disease outbreak news published on 19 December 2019, 29 new confirmed cases were reported from 18 to 31 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu province.

Chickenpox – Mexico

In a follow-up on an earlier report, health officials in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico are reporting the chickenpox outbreak at the Leona Vicario migrant shelter in Ciudad Juarez has grown to 127 confirmed cases.

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Horses Culled on Turkish Island

Authorities have culled 81 horses on an island off Istanbul following an outbreak of a fatal equine disease, local officials said Thursday.

The local administrator’s office said the horses on Buyukada Island were slaughtered after being diagnosed with glanders disease, which also affects donkeys and mules.

A quarantine has been put into place, barring the entry and exit of animals on the island to prevent the disease from spreading, the office said.

Ebola – DR Congo

Eleven new confirmed cases were reported from 11 to 17 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Chikungunya – Brazil

Brazil has reported a dramatic increase in chikungunya cases in 2019 during the first 11 months of 2019. To date, 37,973 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the city. This compares to 9,545 cases reported during 2018, a nearly 300 percent increase.

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Ebola – DR Congo

Twenty-seven new confirmed cases were reported from 4 to 10 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.